Rungis Green Business, a corporate vision
By concentrating and pooling the flows of fresh produce, Rungis Market has since its inception been the model of a sustainable economy, limiting the environmental impact of urban supply and contributing to well-balanced land use management. SEMMARIS and the Market’s companies are aware of their corporate social responsibility for the economy and have striven to integrate social, environmental and economic concerns in their continued development.
Rungis green business
80% of the planned initiatives were initiated, and indeed many of them completed, by late 2016, as part of an initial “Rungis Green Business” three-year action plan spanning the 2013-2016 period. In terms of promoting a responsible offering, these, of course, include the opening of the new organic pavilion and even the introduction of the Fleurs de France (Flowers of France) label at Rungis. On the subject of logistics, it is also worth noting that an electric vehicle-sharing system has been introduced and a series of clean energy charging points installed, not to mention the creation of a freight exchange. Not forgetting the great deal of thought that has been given to multiple aspects of urban logistics and initiatives designed to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, etc.
AN ORGANIC OFFERING
Rungis Market opened its brand-new market hall devoted entirely to organic products in May 2016.
Human and societal issues
The “Rungis Green Business” programme is part of a wider-reaching CSR project that also incorporates human and societal issues. With this in mind, SEMMARIS has introduced a number of additional initiatives designed to improve employment and training (job dating, the introduction of specialist bodies to the Market, etc.) and is careful to create the best possible working conditions at the Rungis site (accommodation of those with disabilities, serviced short-term parking for heavy goods vehicles waiting to (un)load, exterior landscaping, etc.).
Last but not least, within the framework of the very ambitious investment policy that it has adopted for Rungis, SEMMARIS places the emphasis very much on eco-design when developing new projects, with a view to creating buildings that meet HQE (High Environmental Quality) standards, sometimes incorporating vegetated rooftops or using energy audits to ensure optimal efficiency.
43,000 tonnes of waste were collected at Rungis Market in 2016, down 1% on 2015. Furthermore, the amount of waste that was consequently compacted increased by 7%. The SEMMARIS policy designed to make users of the Market aware of their responsibilities continues to pay off, with special collection methods introduced in 2016 for sorting paper and cardboard in administrative areas (PRI), as well as in the fruit and vegetable section, to complement the system.